Peter Van Hoomissen, 88, died peacefully March 5 in Boise. There will be a rosary at 2:30 p.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 3 p.m. Friday, May 5, at The Madeleine Parish, 3123 NE 24th Ave., Portland. A reception will immediately follow in parish hall.
Mr. Van Hoomissen was born Oct. 10, 1928, in Portland to Edwin and Winifred Van Hoomissen, joining siblings Mary Ellen and John, followed by Kevin. He attended Blessed Sacrament grade school, Columbia Prep High and the University of Portland. He excelled in academics, especially Latin and math, and was the student body president. After graduating from the University of Portland he was accepted into the MBA program at Notre Dame. He attended one semester when the Korean War broke out. He joined the Navy and attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.
He was promoted to officer of the deck during numerous heavy artillery battles. He was officer of the deck when the USS Helena navigated down the Columbia for the Rose Festival Parade, mooring below The Bluff. Mr. Van Hoomissen was discharged in 1955 and returned to Portland to work for NCR as a cash register salesman.
He married Jean Charters in 1956 after courting via letters and social gatherings in Seattle made up of his Navy pals and her United Airlines girlfriends. In 1969, NCR offered Mr. Van Hoomissen a promotion to their world headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. Just 16 months later, he was given the NCR sales manager territory based in Boise, so the family was on the move again, delighted to be returning to the west. As the couple’s children, Ann and Bob, wrapped up their college years, the entire family made their way back to Portland where Mr. Van Hoomissen worked for NCR until his retirement. He was a board emeritus member of the Blanchet House and was the master of ceremonies for numerous Columbia Prep and Univ. of Portland reunions. Mr. and Mrs. Van Hoomissen enjoyed numerous social events, especially at the Blarney Golf Tournaments in Manzanita.
Mr. Van Hoomissen lived his life as a model of kindness, integrity and devotion to his family, his country and friends. His Catholic faith guided him throughout his life and he was a firm believer in the power of prayer. He always encouraged his children and grandchildren to go to Mass, get a good education and work hard with a cheerful spirit. He will be greatly missed.
He loved big band and Irish music, poems, Notre Dame football, good food, strawberry ice cream, and being on time for everything. He joined Jean in heaven on her birthday knowing they had a tee time on God’s golf course with a gin and tonic afterwards.
Mr. Van Hoomissen is survived by Ann (Stuart) Bixby, Boise; Robert (Snoqualmie); grandchildren Carly, Emily, Peter, Jeannie and great-granddaughter Alessandra. He is also survived by sisters in law Anne Louise (John) Van Hoomissen; Margaret (Kevin) Van Hoomissen; Patricia (Robert) Charters; numerous nieces and nephews. His parents and siblings preceded him in death. His wife of 59 years, Jean, passed away in September, 2015.
Inurnment of Mr. and Mrs. Van Hoomissen’s ashes will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, at Mt. Calvary Catholic cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Van Hoomissen’s name may be sent to The Blanchet House or the University of Portland.